Category: Wild Turtles & Tortoises

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Two-headed Diamondback Terrapin Hatchling Doing Well At MA’s Cape Wildlife Center

Two-headed Diamondback Terrapin Hatchling Doing Well At MA’s Cape Wildlife Center

A two-headed diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) that hatched in a head start nesting site in Barnstable, MA is doing well at the Cape Wildlife [...]
Chinese National Gets 38 Month In Prison For Financing Turtle Smuggling Ring

Chinese National Gets 38 Month In Prison For Financing Turtle Smuggling Ring

Kang Juntao, 25 and a resident of Hangzhou City, China pleaded guilty to financing a smuggling ring that smuggled about 1,500 protected turtles out of [...]
Leatherback Sea Turtles Should Be Listed As Endangered In CA, Agency Says

Leatherback Sea Turtles Should Be Listed As Endangered In CA, Agency Says

The leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) should be listed as endangered under the state of California’s Endangered Species Act, The Californi [...]
Study Highlights Marine Plastic Ingestion In Sea Turtles

Study Highlights Marine Plastic Ingestion In Sea Turtles

A 2018 study found that micro plastics and what is now called marine plastics have been found in all seven marine turtle species. That study looked at [...]
Gopher Tortoise Painted Pink, Florida FWC Seeking Culprit

Gopher Tortoise Painted Pink, Florida FWC Seeking Culprit

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is actively seeking any information leading to the arrest and conviction of perpetrators who pai [...]
Florida Man Buys Land To Help Save Local Gopher Tortoise Population

Florida Man Buys Land To Help Save Local Gopher Tortoise Population

A man on Marco Island in Florida has acquired a vacant plot of land next to his home to ensure that the gopher tortoises that live on the plot are ens [...]
Nashville Biologists Track Eastern Box Turtles

Nashville Biologists Track Eastern Box Turtles

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere are tracking eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) in Na [...]
Two Palawan Forest Turtles Released Into The Wild

Two Palawan Forest Turtles Released Into The Wild

The first two captive-bred Palawan forest turtles (Siebenrockiella leytensis) from a captive breeding program on Palawan island in the Philippines hav [...]
TSA Documents 100th Alligator Snapping Turtle In Texas’ Buffalo Bayou

TSA Documents 100th Alligator Snapping Turtle In Texas’ Buffalo Bayou

The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) announced last week that it has captured, tagged and released the 99th and 100th alligator snapping turtle (Macroch [...]
38 Gopher Tortoises Released In Mississippi By The Nature Conservancy

38 Gopher Tortoises Released In Mississippi By The Nature Conservancy

Mississippi just gained an additional 38 gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) in the wild as the Nature Conservancy earlier this month released the [...]
Nearly 200 Hatchling Galapagos Tortoises Seized At Galapagos Island Airport

Nearly 200 Hatchling Galapagos Tortoises Seized At Galapagos Island Airport

The Galapagos tortoise is captive bred in many countries around the world to ensure the survival of these species, yet some smugglers tried to smuggle [...]
The Successful Return Of 12 Indian Star Tortoises Back Into The Wild

The Successful Return Of 12 Indian Star Tortoises Back Into The Wild

The Indian star tortoise (Geochelone elegans), one of the most beautiful tortoises in all of Asia, is sadly disappearing from the India landscape. Esc [...]
Female Yangtze Giant Soft-Shell Turtle Discovered In Vietnamese Lake

Female Yangtze Giant Soft-Shell Turtle Discovered In Vietnamese Lake

Sixteen months after the last known female Yangtze giant soft-shell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) died at the Suzhou Zoo in China, a female of this critic [...]
Captive Breeding Program For The Spotted Turtle Launched In Ohio

Captive Breeding Program For The Spotted Turtle Launched In Ohio

The spotted turtle (Clemmys guttata) is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List, and is under review for protections under the Endangered Species Ac [...]
Florida Residents Should Be On The Lookout For Nesting Turtles And Turtle Nests

Florida Residents Should Be On The Lookout For Nesting Turtles And Turtle Nests

If you live in the state of Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants you to know that it is turtle nesting season. The FWC [...]
Researchers Describe New Mata Mata Turtle Species

Researchers Describe New Mata Mata Turtle Species

The turtles diverged during the Miocene period, about 13 million years ago. [...]
COVID-19 Lockdowns Beneficial To Nesting Sea Turtles

COVID-19 Lockdowns Beneficial To Nesting Sea Turtles

The effects of stay at home orders are having beneficial effects for sea turtle nestings as beaches become devoid of human life. [...]
During COVID-19 Lockdown, South American River Turtle At Emperor Valley Zoo Lays Eggs On Land

During COVID-19 Lockdown, South American River Turtle At Emperor Valley Zoo Lays Eggs On Land

Zookeepers believe because of the lack of noise due to the lockdown, the turtle laid her eggs on land instead of water. [...]
Due to COVID-19 Lockdown, Satellite-Tracking Equipped Juvenile Green Sea Turtles Released By USCG

Due to COVID-19 Lockdown, Satellite-Tracking Equipped Juvenile Green Sea Turtles Released By USCG

Three six-month-old green sea turtle outfitted with satellite tracker were released by the U.S. Coast Guard. [...]
As Plastic Soaks In The Ocean It Begins To Smell Like Food, And Sea Turtles Ingest It

As Plastic Soaks In The Ocean It Begins To Smell Like Food, And Sea Turtles Ingest It

Plastic in the ocean is coated with algae and microorganisms that the turtles mistake for food. [...]
Pinta Island Tortoise Not Totally Extinct As Tortoise With 16 Percent Pinta Genes Discovered

Pinta Island Tortoise Not Totally Extinct As Tortoise With 16 Percent Pinta Genes Discovered

The tortoise will be part of a breeding program to bolster the population of the Pinta Island tortoise. [...]
Florida Urged To Require Turtle Excluder Devices For Blue Crab Traps

Florida Urged To Require Turtle Excluder Devices For Blue Crab Traps

Diamondback terrapins get caught in crab pots and drown, turtle experts say. [...]
Green Sea Turtle Rescued Off Argentina Pooped Out Plastic During Rehab

Green Sea Turtle Rescued Off Argentina Pooped Out Plastic During Rehab

The turtle, which is doing better, expelled more than 13 grams of plastic from its digestive system. [...]
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